Probe of crash fatal to motorcyclist is continuing


HUDSON – Police are continuing to investigate a weekend accident that killed a Pelham motorcyclist. Hudson police Capt. Bill Avery said police have not determined whether any charges will be filed against the driver of a 2005 Toyota Prius that turned into the path of 55-year-old Richard Kelley's motorcycle. "When the investigation is concluded, a decision will be made," Avery said. Police were called to the intersection of Route 102 – Derry Road – and Page Road around 3 p.m. Saturday for a reported collision between a motorcycle and car. A police investigation determined that Kelley had been traveling southwest on Route 102 on a 2005 Harley Davidson when 88-year-old Hudson resident Harrison Smith turned left onto Page Road, police said. Kelley's motorcycle collided with the passenger door of the Prius. He was first taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and then airlifted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he died Sunday morning, police said. Kelley was not wearing a helmet. Smith was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, police said. Avery said it is "clear cut" that Kelley had the right-of-way, and Smith failed to yield to him when he turned, leaving Kelley no time to stop."The motorcycle had no chance to avoid the collision," Avery said. "The motorcyclist had the right-of-way heading south on Derry Street." Lori Lambert, who lives near the accident scene, was one of the first to arrive to try to help Kelley, along with her husband, Robert, her 24-year-old daughter, Blair, and her daughter's fiance, Jeff Parent. Lambert agreed with the police assessment that Kelley could not have avoided colliding with the Prius. "He didn't have a chance," she said. Lambert and her husband have been riding motorcycles for a little more than a year and, while she has always worn a helmet, the experience has convinced her husband to do so as well, she said. "You have to be really careful when you're out there because it's very hard to see a motorcycle," Lambert said. "Accidents happen. I hope a lot of lessons are learned from this," she said.
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